PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo man is accused of kidnapping a woman and then stealing her car. The car has been found, but the man, David Marquez, 44, is still on the run.
Police say the 60-year-old victim was walking to her car in the Lowe's parking lot on Highway 50 Tuesday morning (4/8/14) when she was kidnapped and carjacked.
Officers say Marquez approached the woman from behind. He took her keys and made her get in the car. Then, he got behind the wheel and took off across Highway 50. Police say the Lowes employee told them the man took her to the Rodeway Inn just across the street from Lowes. He told her to get in the back seat, but she managed to run away and call for help.
"A lot of people getting off work they don't think. They're just headed to home or to go out to eat. They're not really paying attention, especially in this city. It's kind of laid back," said Pueblo neighbor Lana Pietanze.
"You'd think you're pretty safe at nine o'clock in the morning. Desperate times," said father of a Pueblo family Mike Kirby.
Neighbors are calling this incident a reminder to always be prepared.
"I bought my wife recently pepper spray. I think everybody needs to kind of be aware of their surroundings. When somebody is coming up behind you, always be aware," said Steve Pietanze.
Police found the 2001 Silver Chrysler PT cruiser in the San Luis Valley with no one inside. Marquez also stole the woman's phone.
The victim told police that Marquez demanded money and told her that he was coming down off of drugs.
Marquez's last known address was in the San Luis Valley community of Monte Vista and local law enforcement has been notified.
Marquez has a warrant for $1 Million and is wanted for first degree kidnapping and burglary along with ten other unrelated warrants for his arrest.